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His Dark Empire (Tears of Blood Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.R. Forbes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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They told Eryn that he was a cruel and unfair man, that he hunted the magically gifted, and that he named them Cursed for the tears of blood they shed. They told her she needed to keep her power secret, or he would be coming for her next.

No one could say why he took the ones who stayed, or why he killed the ones who ran. No one knew why he forced innocent people into hard labor, or why he kept such a massive standing army. Nor did they know who he was, where he had come from, or where to find him. The only thing they were sure of was that he had been there when they had been born, and he would be there when they died.

Eryn didn’t know why she ran, but she swore she would survive. She didn’t know the dangers of his roads, or of the monsters that lurked in every shadow. And she would never, ever have guessed that she would find the greatest of allies in the form of a fugitive and murderer.

It could not have been foretold how his actions would change their lives, or how their lives would change the fate of the world.

For nothing was as it seemed in his dark empire.

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From the author of the top-selling fantasy series ‘The Divine’, comes a new epic fantasy series, Tears of Blood. With a familiar and yet unique world and magic system, the Tears of Blood series is a fast-paced, epic adventure full of magic and mystery, friendship and family, lies, betrayal, and the meaning of hope. It is a tale of ancient history, lost technology, hidden dangers, demons, dragons, sorcery, and more.

Books in the Tears of Blood Series:
His Dark Empire
His Cure For Magic
His Ancient Heart


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From the Author

His Dark Empire is the first book in the Tears of Blood series, an epic fantasy that explores the lost history of an ancient civilization, the consequences of the present, and the ideas of truth, memory, and love. It has a unique magic system, plenty of action, and some different concepts on technology and science.

About the Author

M.R. Forbes is the author of a growing catalog of speculative fiction titles, including the epic fantasy Tears of Blood series, the supernatural fantasy Divine series, and the contemporary fantasy world of Ghosts & Magic. He lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, a dog who thinks she's a cat, and a cat who thinks she's a dog. He eats too many donuts, and he's always happy to hear from readers.

If you want to get in touch, you can find him at mrforbes.com, check out his fan page at facebook.com/mrforbes.author, tweet him @mrforbes, or just send an e-mail to michael@mrforbes.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4511 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quirky Algorithms (January 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EWCNYX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series October 19, 2013
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His Dark Empire (Tears of Blood, Book One)

This new series by MR Forbes was released just before his third book, Broken, from the Divine trilogy. Having enjoyed the first two books of that series so much, I didn't hesitate buying the start of this new one immediately.

The story line revolves around a young girl (Eryn) who is Cursed, and Silas, an alcoholic with an unknown and potentially dark past. For the tears of blood she sheds, Eryn is forbidden to live - she is a danger to society and will be killed if discovered. Silas is a murderer - at least, somewhere in the fogged, alcoholic reaches of his mind, he knows he's done some terrible things.

A chance encounter with a cursed child results in Silas leaving the haze of alcoholic memory loss behind and kicks off a riveting, painful journey of discovery, loss and re-learning. Eryn and Silas's lives are thrown together when Eryn is discovered by HIS soldiers and escapes into a world of turmoil, hiding who and what she is and desperately trying to survive in a world of monsters and men who wouldn't hesitate to hurt or kill her.

Mr Forbes has once again written an outstanding tale. I'd have liked to see a little more world-building and perhaps some fleshing out of the characters as they developed but, overall, it's a fantastic first book in a new series we can definitely look forward to. Well done Mr Forbes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! December 11, 2013
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What a fun, exciting read this was. I'm looking forward to the next book. Hopefully it comes out soon. My review my not be very sophisticated and in depth, but it honest and true. If you like action, magic, and evil empires, you'll love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears of Blood March 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from storycartel.com for my honest review.

This book grabs you from the very beginning. We get pulled in with stories of the "Cursed", who are people with special powers who cry tears of blood once they use their powers.

The Empire is ruled by someone who wants these people destroyed, so much so that whole villages are destroyed at once.

Eryn is Cursed. This was discovered one day when she saved her brother's life. This was a complete secret from everyone but her family. Her brother made the mistake of telling someone else while he was drunk. This leads to the destruction of their village and to Eryn's escape.

Later we meet Silas Morningstar who begins to retrieve his memory while in jail. He realizes that he must help the "Cursed" and becomes hunted because of it. He and Eryn eventually meet and journey together.

This book is full of adventure and magic. It exposes the prejudice that has been brewed by HIM. We still do not know who HE is, but hopefully this will be revealed in the second book.

'His Dark Empire (Tears of Blood, Book One)' leaves us with a very effective cliff-hanger. I really enjoyed this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it December 30, 2013
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This was a well-written story with compelling characters and an epic feel. I enjoyed it enough to want to find out what hsppens next.

The fifth star was withheld for a few consistency issues as well as one of my major pet peeves--use of the word "okay" in a clearly medieval, non-earth setting. It is too modern with a technology-based etymology--it is so discordant with this type of book, it throws one out of the story completely. I wish authors or editors read more closely for such anachronisms. Leaving them in creates both lazy writers and lazy readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 20, 2013
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This book is very engaging and has a plot line that while similar to others, isn't a remake of previous fantasy, I hope that many more try this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole adventure and the twist at the end! Looking forward to reading the sequel. It's no wonder I loved this, I didn't know (until the end and the free preview) that I had actually come across one of his works (Balance), also another great read! It's a series worth following.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start... January 15, 2014
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I think the premise of the book is good and I liked most of the characters, the story line, etc. It just needs some polish and a good editing - it's way longer than it needs to be and could be tightened up in several places..but on the whole I found it enjoyable and worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And I am glad I did July 31, 2014
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I am a fantasy fan. And this book is offered for free on kindle, but because I did not know the author, nor was there a lot of reviews (only 29 people reviewed the book) I hesitated a bit before downloading it, but finally I did, after all; it is free! And I am glad I did, it was a nice surprise. I don't want to give any details about the plot, but it is a delightful fantasy, with lots of magic, swords, and no romance! thank you very much! The writing although not bad at all, could use some good editing, there were a few grammatical errors here and there, but it did not detract from the actual story. I really liked it. I will buy the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy book!
It's a great fantasy story. I really liked it! The author is able to bring you into his universe easily. Easy to read and very entertaining.
Published 6 days ago by François Sement
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Tears
This book offers a lot of new situations for fantasy readers. We have an unusual pair of charactrrs on matching quests. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Deborah L. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
This was very confusing in the first few chapters because the use of HIS means the emperor's things not the first characters of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars M.R. FORBES ROCKS!
impressive impressive impressive! hooked on this series from the first chapter...this man can write! its even better than his divine series which i really liked too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The best fantasy book I have read in more than a decade! Fantastic! M.R. Forbes is the new R.A. Salvatore. This work will become a classic.
Published 3 months ago by g
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it. It. Kept my interest.
Published 3 months ago by MaryLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read!!!
I don't know what audience the author was writing towards; what age, etc. But I'm a 55 year old who has always enjoyed any type of science fiction and I must say this is the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Danny Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice reading and well builded characters.
Published 5 months ago by Xabier Elguezabal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well written fast paced and an easy read
Published 5 months ago by iseedeadcars
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More About the Author

M.R. Forbes is the creator of a growing catalog of speculative fiction titles, including the epic fantasy Tears of Blood series, the contemporary fantasy Divine series, and the world of Ghosts & Magic. He lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, a cat who thinks she's a dog, and a dog who thinks she's a cat. He eats too many donuts, and he's always happy to hear from readers.

If you want to get in touch, you can find him at mrforbes.com, tweet him @mrforbes, check out his fan page at facebook.com/mrforbes.author, or just send an e-mail to michael@mrforbes.com.

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